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Flint school leaders meet with parents

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(01/29/14) - A Mid-Michigan school district is fighting back despite money problems and enrollment decline.

Wednesday night, Flint community schools called on the community to help make the district stronger.

The district hosted its first town hall meeting at the Sarvis Conference center.

Many of the people in the audience were teachers and they had a lot on their minds.

"I really want to know what the vision is. I was happy when Mr. Watkins mentioned that his vision was to see one high school, a brand new high school, for our students," said Tamara Smeltzer.

In recent years, money issues have forced the district to lay off staff members and even close buildings.

The district is about $19 million in the red.

Interim superintendent Larry Watkins is calling on the community to brainstorm ways to improve the district with fewer dollars.

"What I want to hear from parents is what we need to do to keep their student and their opinion on what we can do to provide the very best education," Watkins said.

The next town hall meeting is scheduled for sometime in February.

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